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After 80 years in business, Kautex Maschinenbau officials know good old-fashioned word of mouth is often the best way to reach more customers. 26 March 2015
The Italian plastics and rubber machinery industry saw improvement in 2014, according to trade association Assocomaplast, which released annual figures in a statement headed “The sector is healthy: signs all positive in 2014”. The value of production for Italian plastics and rubber machinery, equipment and moulds improved by 2.6% from €3.90bn in 2013 to €4.00bn in 2014, according to estimates based on information from the group’s member companies. One-third of member companies are optimistic about 2015. 23 March 2015
Resilux, the Belgium-based producer of preforms and bottles, has reported a 1.6% increase in sold volumes in 2014. However, the group’s turnover decreased by 4.6% to €282.3m, which it said was the result of lower average prices for raw material. Resilux said it passes on fluctuations in raw material prices to its customers. 20 March 2015
Packaging giant RPC Group has continued its investment and growth in the PET sector through the acquisition of Etten-Leur, the Netherlands-based PET Power BV. The purchase brings together two of the principal players in the European packaging market. 17 February 2015
A Russian flexible packaging, sheet and decorative finished materials producer has diversified into plastic bottle production. 10 February 2015
R&D/Leverage, a mould maker and brand development firm, has formed a partnership with Hughes Design Group, a US-based visual branding and packaging design firm. 20 January 2015
Italian blow moulding machinery maker Plastiblow is launching North American sales. 8 December 2014
Sipa has acquired the injection-stretch-blow moulding (ISBM) equipment business of Automa. No transaction price was disclosed in the announcement by Sipa which, like Automa, is based in Italy. Sipa already makes ISBM machines for producing PET containers, but the addition of the Automa technology expands its capabilities. 28 November 2014
Macchi, the Italian maker of blown film lines, generated sales of about €41m in 2013, with just 110 employees. 6 November 2014
Bekum Maschinenfabriken, the maker of blow moulding machines founded in Berlin in 1959, is moving its Berlin production to its other plant, in Traismauer, Austria. 14 October 2014
Italian plastics packaging blow moulder Serioplast is continuing to expand across Europe and beyond with its latest plant due to go on stream in Russia late this year. 30 September 2014
Cincinnati-based Milacron plans to invest $30m (€22.6m) over the next three years in India. 21 August 2014
A number of Sidel customers, suppliers and key partners have recently been the target of Internet-based fraud attempts, said the plastics drinks packaging company. “They received fake emails or phone calls from so-called Sidel employees, requesting or providing business sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, banking details and/or invoice information with the objective of using this information to divert payments from the pre-agreed payment methods,” the company said in a statement. 11 August 2014
A new blow moulding and filling technology called LiquiForm has been announced that uses pressurised consumable liquid instead of compressed air to form plastic containers. By combining the bottle forming and filling processes into one step, this technology eliminates numerous manufacturing steps, significantly reducing cost and waste, says the LiquiForm Group. 31 July 2014
Sidel Group has supplied a SBO heat-resistance blow moulding machine and a Matrix hot filler to the first hot-fill line with slurry dosing to be installed in Kazakhstan and central Asia, saving Galanz Bottlers $1.4m (€1m) a year. 16 July 2014

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